It may have been the 20th anniversary but the weather was not in a party mood.

 

Winners of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon were unanimous in declaring the monsoon rain the worst conditions they’d ever run in.

 

Nonetheless the two leading men kept onlookers guessing about the victor for the final 2km, with their positions changing up to the last 400m. Mike Kiprotich Mutai finally pulled clear to beat Kenyan compatriot Lawrence Cherono by just 2s in 2:12:12. Third place went to Ethiopian Feyera Gemeda, the course record holder, who this year finished in 2:12:20.

 

The women’s race saw the leaders stay together until 36km, each unwilling to take the lead in the rain. Eventually Ethiopian Letebrhan Haylay Gebreslasea pulled away, to finish first in 2:36:51. She was followed just 2s later by Ayelu Lemma Geda in 2:36:53 and third was Ehite Bizuayehu Gebireyes in 2.37.28. All three were from Ethiopia.

 

 

 

 

 

Spectators turned out in force despite the weather, which had long been forecast and never really cleared until just before the last runners finished. Though thousands decided against a wet run, close to 60,000 ignored the rain to participate in the marathon, half marathon, 10km and Youth Dash events.

 

 

17 January, 2016
Hong Kong


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